my black molly is suffering....

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I think my black molly is suffering. I don't know if it's male or female. It's bloated (compared to when I got it a year ago) and it's scales are now raised. It can't seem to find the food when I feed the tank. It hangs around the top looking for it, but never actually eats any. It swims the entire tank oherwise. I have a 50 gallon with an EheI'm filter system. There are about 6 other fish in the tank: 4 tiger barbs, another fish that looks like a tiger barb but it's orange and white, an orange fish with black fins (another molly perhaps), a small catfish, a betta, and one of those sucker fish. I haven't checked the water quality recently (my kit has gone missing), and I haven't done a water change in months. I get so much evaporation here that I have to add water every few days. I'm using distilled water (our tap water is very poor due to drought conditions) and the pet store had me add back the essential minerals with a product by Kent Freshwater called R/O Right. None of the other fish seem affected. Is this dropsy or something else? How do I treat dropsy if that is the problem?
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Well, don't bother answering.. my molly died this morning... I guess you win some and you lose some.
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HI I just noticed your post sorry about your fish, if you did suspect it was dropsy as far as I am aware that disease if very very hard to spot in the early stages, it is only when you notice the scales sticking out but by then the disease has reached an advanced stage, and apart from treating it with internal bacteria medication as a HOPEFUL TREATMENT there wasn't much you couldve done so don't feel to bad about it,
 

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If you can, please get tests for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate, and post your readings. I am sorry about your fish.
 

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More importantly, if he died from Dropsy, the other fish should be monitored carefully over the next several days.. sorry to have to tell you, Dropsy is contagious.
 

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